NEIL LENNON has lifted the lid the REAL story surrounding his first Celtic departure as he gets set to return to the Parkhead dugout on Saturday afternoon.

Back in 2014, when Neil had wrapped up another league title, nothing was set in stone but there was a feeling among some in the Celtic support the manager was burnt out and he was perhaps not getting the backing he wanted.

Many reported at the time the Celtic manager had fallen out with the chief executive and the majority shareholder Dermot Desmond. The media always point to a reason of friction when someone moves on but Neil Lennon has set the record straight on how he left Celtic.

“I had lengthy discussions with Peter Lawwell in Glasgow then went over to Dublin for a few hours for dinner with Peter and Dermot Desmond before the last game.” Neil told Record Sport.

 

“It was all agreed and very cordial which is the way I wanted it. You don’t want to leave a club like this after giving so much to it under a cloud or controversially. So it was important to me to leave on the best of terms and that’s what we did. It is never easy leaving but that decision had been made.”

The Irishman wanted to leave on good terms, why? For the exact scenario he now finds himself in. Burning bridges would mean the door wouldn’t have been open for Neil when Brendan Rodgers made his swift exit from the club and the timing with Neil leaving Hibs was perfect.

“I hoped I’d be walking back in the door one day. Despite a lot of reports or rumours I left on really good terms with Peter and Dermot.

“I always wanted to sort of leave the door open and that’s the way we left things. And here I am four and a half years later with a great opportunity and one that I’m really relishing again.”

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